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Tennessee vs South Carolina: Weekend Series Thread

Can the Vols work their way to Hoover?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing road trip the Vols are back home in Knoxville. Tennessee finally ended their losing streak Tuesday when they defeated ETSU in Johnson City 14-7. The Vols had dropped six straight prior to that game. They now are back home, where they will play twelve of their final fifteen games. First up for them is a three game series this weekend against South Carolina. The Gamecocks are tied for eighth in the SEC, three games ahead of the last place Vols.

After a weekend series against Kentucky, where the bats were mainly silent, the Vols finally got going offensively Tuesday at ETSU. They scored 14 runs on 18 hits, including four homers (two by Christin Stewart, one by Brodie Leftridge, and a grand slam by Andrew Lee). The Vols tied their season high for  home runs in a game as well as set season highs in hits and runs. Stewart is now tied for 8th nationally with 12 homers on the season.

This weekend the University will honor Condredge Holloway, as his jersey will be retired on Saturday. He will join Todd Helton and Phil Garner as the only three BaseVols to have that honor.

Tennessee trails the all-time series against South Carolina 34-54. The Vols have not had much luck against the Gamecocks in quite some time, as they have lost eight straight and are 2-16 in their last six series. Tennessee has not won a series against USC since 2006.

Hopefully the Vols can make up some ground in the SEC this weekend.

Tennessee Volunteers (16-20) (5-13 SEC) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (25-17) (8-10 SEC)

Date: Friday-Sunday April 24-26, 2015

First Pitch: 6 p.m. ET Friday, 1 p.m. ET Saturday, 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Knoxville, Tn

TV: SEC Network on Friday and Sunday

Live Audio: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via UTSports

Internet Video: WatchESPN for all three games

Live Stats: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday via Gametracker

Probable Starting Pitchers:
UT LHP Andy Cox (1-2, 3.58 ERA) vs USC LHP Jack Wynkoop (5-4, 3.04 ERA)
UT RHP Bret Marks (4-5, 3.00 ERA) vs USC LHP Vince Fiori (3-1, 2.30 ERA)
UT TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs USC TBA (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Players to Keep an Eye on:

School Pos Name BA RBI R SB HR
UT 2B Senzel .338 18 25 6 1
UT LF Stewart .320 38 29 2 12
UT 1B Lee .315 22 14 0 5
USC 1B Martin .351 40 34 7 8
USC RF Caldwell .348 24 23 10 2
USC 2B Schrock .305 29 33 6 4
School Arm Name ERA WHIP BAA K W-L
UT RHP Lee 1.62 0.62 .140 23 1-0
UT LHP Cox 3.58 1.34 .252 38 1-2
UT RHP Marks 3.00 1.03 .197 76 4-5
USC RHP Widener 3.80 1.56 .247 34 1-3
USC LHP Wynkoop 3.04 1.96 .276 59 5-4
USC LHP Fiori 2.30 1.25 .187 29 3-1

Go Vols!